Charlotte Rampling, one of the biggest surprises in this year’s Oscar’s “Best Actress” category, has weighed in on the controversy about the lack of diversity in this year’s nominations by calling it reverse racism. “It is racist to whites,” the 69-year old British actress, nominated for Andrew Haigh’s drama 45 Years, said in an interview with French Radio network Europe 1 Friday morning. “One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list,” she added. When the interviewer asked whether the Academy should introduce some form of quota, she responded that we shouldn’t classify people: “These days everyone is more or less accepted … People will always say: ‘Him, he’s less handsome’; ‘Him, he’s too black’; ‘He is too white’ … someone will always be saying ‘You are too’ [this or that] … But do we have to take from this that there should be lots of minorities everywhere?”
While Rampling was already an outsider in the Oscar race, these comments may diminish her chances of actually winning the little golden statue. In the meantime, criticism over the all-too white Oscars has continued to surge, with Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband Will Smith, as well as Spike Lee, announcing they won’t be attending this year’s ceremony.
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